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Seminar III, A Re-Cap

Wednesday, July 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rachel Rana
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June 2015 brought Seminar III for the 2014-2016 Friday Fellows for Human Relations. They gathered at Trinity Center in Salter Path, NC and enjoyed the surf and sand together as they continued to deepen their learning and shape their ongoing community. While each seminar includes work on all of the core competencies, the particular focus of seminar three was leadership and its intersection with structural power, with a focus on engaging power and difference. As always we have no shortage of events that call for work on leadership development. Each of us is a part of the system of structural power that swirls around us.  And, we all have responsibility for recognizing it, analyzing it and seeing where we can and must intervene in it. This is the greatest adaptive challenge we collectively face. Friday Fellows bring their own lived experience of power, privilege and oppression and they bring difference, wisdom and the courage to engage in with one another in how power operates in our culture. The Fellows explored work on adaptive leadership and negotiating power around race, gender and sexual orientation through caucusing, full group integration, storytelling, examination of history and more. The group used the Responsivity Process to begin their work together (see Coach’s Corner for more on this). Michelle Pearson, Dancer/Choreographer and 06-08 Friday Fellow brought movement to the curriculum to focus on ally behavior. The Fellows culminated their work by examining their own group norms, behavior, habits and priorities and making decisions about those they will strive for in their continuing work. The Fellows will gather again in October at Wildacres Retreat and in the interim will ponder potential stories to capture together through the documentary projects they will begin in the fall. And, they will continue to build their community of support and accountability to face the pressing human relations challenges in their home contexts. We are looking forward to their continuing work and grateful for their powerful and courageous leadership across the state. 

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.